Common LASIK Eye Surgery Side Effects | Seattle LASIK Specialists

Our team at Clearview Eye & Laser believe in thoroughly educating our patients in all aspects of the LASIK eye surgery procedure. This empowers them to make informed decisions about their eye and vision health. At Seattle & Burien Clearview Eye & Laser, we specialize in bladeless LASIK, Intralase LASIK or iLASIK. With the latest advancements in laser technology, iLASIK is considered to be safest and most effective eye surgery procedure with the highest success rate.

In our past blog posts, we have shared tips to help you recover from LASIK, explained common fears that we have heard from patients, and help to break-down the cost of LASIK surgery.

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As with any surgical procedure, some patients may experience temporary discomfort or minor side effects from LASIK. Many of these symptoms will disappear after 24-48 hour following LASIK. It’s important to note that the risk of having a serious or long-term vision complication from LASIK is less than 1%.

Here are common side effects following LASIK surgery:

Acute light sensitivity: Light sensitivity is the most common reported side effect after LASIK. Natural light and artificial light may be slightly irritating, as your eyes begin heal and adjust to changes in cornea shape. Glare, starburst, and halos are other examples of color or light-related vision issues. However, with advancements in iLASIK techniques and custom digital mapping of the eyes, these issues are less likely to occur.

We recommend our patients wear UV-protected sunglasses while outside and avoid excessive smartphone, computer, or television use for the first few days.The best way to promote healing after LASIK is lots of rest and keeping your eyes closed.

Itchiness: It’s normal to experience itchiness in the eyes following LASIK. It’s important to not rub or touch the eyes at all at least 24-48 hours to avoid moving the newly created cornea flaps. Applying medicated preservative-free eye drops will help alleviate itchiness or irritation. After the first few months, you’ll be able to very gently rub your eyes if needed.

Dry eye: Your eyes might experience temporary dryness post-LASIK because changing the curvature of the cornea can affect tear production, thus resulting in dry eyes in the days or weeks following surgery. Eye drops can help moisten the eyes and relieve dryness. Patients who experience mild or moderate dry eyes prior to LASIK may have more severe dry eye symptoms or for several months longer.

The best way to prevent possible side effects from LASIK surgery is to choose an experienced and knowledgable laser specialist, like our team at Clearview Eye & Laser. To prevent possible side effects, we make sure our candidates are carefully screened and selected. In your initial pre-operative consultation, your Seattle eye doctor will determine whether you meet the necessary criteria to safely undergo procedure. We will also explain possible side effects, risks, and answer any questions you may have.